Albrecht Durer Essay

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Albrecht Dürer is the greatest model of Northern European Renaissance art. While an important painter, in his own day Dürer was well known for his graphic works. Artists across Europe admired and copied Dürer's original and powerful prints, ranging from religious and mythological scenes, to maps and exotic animals. Technically, Dürer's prints are perfect for their detail and precision. The son of a goldsmith, Dürer was trained as a metalworker at a young age. He applied the same thorough, challenging methods required in this delicate work to his woodcuts and engravings. Dürer's training also involved travel and study abroad. He went to Italy in 1494, and returned in 1505-6. Influenced by Venetian artists, who were notorious for the richness of colour in their artwork, Dürer placed greater importance on colour in his paintings. His Feast of the Rose Garlands (1506) removed any doubt that, as well as a master of prints, he was an accomplished painter. Dürer was also a great admirer of Leonardo Da Vinci. He was intrigued by the Italian master's studies of the human figure. After 1506, he applied and adapted Leonardo's proportions to his own figures, as is evident in his drawings. Later in his life, in the 1520's, he illustrated and wrote books instructing artists in perspective and proportion. Dürer was a humanist and a creator. His awareness of his own role as an artist is apparent in his frontal, Christ-like Self Portrait, 1500, just one of many self-portraits that he painted in his career. More than simply producing works for his own time, Dürer saw his fame and his contribution to art as permanent, and as part of

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